Montford Point Marine Day

Aug. 25, 9 a.m. at Bachelor Officer’s Quarters Parade Deck on Camp Johnson

The Montford Point Marines were those African-American men who received their Marine Corps recruit training at Montford Point, North Carolina following the integration of the Marine Corps in 1942. On Nov. 23, 2011, the president signed into law a bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines. Since that time, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools has conducted an annual event to recognize Montford Point Marines. Accordingly, the inaugural event was conducted Aug. 26, 2010 and in conjunction with the U.S. Senate Resolution (#587, passed July 20, 2010) proclaiming the noted date as "Montford Point Marine Day." This date represents the anniversary of when the first African-American men reported to Camp Johnson. Gen. Conway (the 34th Commandant) was the featured speaker. MCCSSS coordinates with the local Montford Point Marine Association and Ladies Auxiliary to align the scheduling of the event each year close to Aug. 26. Montford Point Marine Day has focused on providing a formal ceremony to present the Gold Medal to original Montford Point Marines (or their surviving next of kin) and recognizing all Montford Point Marines for their sacrifice and service.

This year’s ceremony will occur at 9 a.m., Aug. 25, at Camp Johnson, at the Bachelor Officer’s Quarters (building M-231) Parade Deck. The 2nd Marine Division Band will support the event with music. Maj. Gen. Walter Miller will attend the event and speak on behalf of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.